Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News.
Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.
She reports on changes in the NHS - the reforms and the politics - whether it is in hospitals or in the community or, indeed in Westminster.
She closely follows the care system and how it impacts on the elderly and those with disabilities as well as investigating issues, including mental health, HIV/Aids and TB, and child health.
Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.
A year long independent review says the 1983 Mental Health Act is outdated. It calls for a series of new rights, including giving the 50,000 people who are sectioned every year more say in their own treatment.
As many as 150,000 women, who served during the 1960s and ’70s, were forced to leave if they married or couldn’t cope with army life, according to the Women’s Royal Army Corps Association. Many now feel totally forgotten and are struggling with debts and mental health issues.
One in eight children and young people aged between five and 19 had a mental disorder in England last year.
The conditions remain strict: only specialist doctors can prescribe it, and only in rare cases like extreme childhood epilepsy. But many still believe this is a landmark moment in recognising the drug as a mainstream treatment option.
Malcolm Brabant was an award-winning war correspondent, but in 2011 he suffered a steep decline in his mental health, becoming psychotic – a process captured by his film-maker wife. He believes it’s no coincidence that he suffered psychosis after a vaccination for Yellow Fever. The footage has been turned into a documentary, Malcolm is a Little Unwell,…
Northamptonshire County Council needs to find £65 million in savings in the next financial year – and is now looking at cutting the £70,000-a-year funding to two charities which provide support to thousands of people across the county with vision and hearing problems.
Around 4,500 people take their lives every year in England, and suicide remains the leading cause of death among men under the age of 45.
It’s called neuroblastoma and for about half of those children it is aggressive and hard to treat. But the first ever transatlantic trial for the disease is now under way, in the hope they can improve survival rates.
The Government’s immigration policy says that highly skilled workers who want to live and work in Britain will get priority. Yet a popular, highly qualified doctor in east Surrey – who’s lived here for 16 years – is now facing deportation after her application for indefinite leave to remain was refused.
For the cyclist Celso Fonseca – sport has turned his life around. Originally from Portugal, the 37 year old moved to Cardiff over a decade ago. With a history of mental health problems, Celso was struggling until he discovered that riding a bike gave him a physical and mental boost. He’s now a world class…
Almost 3,000 people died in what’s been called the worst scandal in the history of the NHS. It all happened in the 1970s and 80s, when patients were given blood contaminated with HIV or Hepatitis C. Despite allegations of a cover-up, it’s taken until now for a public inquiry to begin. The opening day heard…
It’s nearly three years since the Zika epidemic appeared – creating world-wide alarm after a spike in babies with birth defects whose mothers contracted the virus. Many of those cases were concentrated in Brazil, where at least 3,000 babies were born with a condition called microcephaly. Now two mothers who were affected have come to…
An analysis of data from a huge number of children and young people, 140,000 in all, suggests that the problems are far greater than official figures show.
Tens of thousands of pacemaker or defibrillator wearers can’t get an MRI scan to detect potentially life-threatening conditions, because of a long-held but mistaken assumption that it could damage the device – or the patient.
The number of people in the UK aged over 85 who’ll need round the clock care is set to double by 2035, according to a major new study.